Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the novel Bloodwalker written by fellow blogger Lexa Cain, aka L.X. Cain. It’s scheduled to be released on October 4, 2016 and I was lucky enough to get an ARC in exchange for an honest review. It is 284 pages (84,000 words) and will be available in mobi, epub and PDF formats.
BLOODWALKER is a dark thriller that blurs the border between science and the supernatural, like the novels of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, and Jack Kilborn (JA Konrath). The novel’s setting spans three Eastern European countries and has an international cast, including an original arcane society called the Skomori Bloodwalkers.
TITLE: BLOODWALKER (Dark Thriller/Mystery)
AUTHOR: L.X. CAIN
RELEASE DATE: Oct 4, 2016
When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.
Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer is hiding among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable.
Rurik is the Security Chief for the Zorka Circus (Zorka Cyrka). He is observing the area not far from an abandoned railroad when he hears several children singing and heading into the railroad. He follows them, knowing they might be in danger. There has been a problem with missing children from several different countries, and always after the Zorka Cyrka leaves town.
It is the final night of the Circus’s performance in Budapest, and Rurik knows that a child will likely go missing and he suspects that someone from the Circus is responsible for the disappearances. He manages to save a child that night, although he is unable to apprehend the culprit. He vows not to rest until justice is served.
Sylvie is a Bloodwalker from the Skomori clan. They ‘prepare’ the dead and have special abilities (foreseeing the future, etc.). She, along with a few other women from the Skomori clan are sent to Zorka Cyrka’s grounds for their arranged marriages. It is in one of the trailers that Sylvie comes across a horrific sight. It is also the first time she meets Rurik.
Shortly afterwards, Slyvie realizes the tragedy that is her ‘marriage’. She manages to flee, and eventually she meets up with Rurik again. Together they work towards finding the monster responsible for the disappearances of the children. What they find is astonishing.
This book pulled me in from the beginning pages. The characters were all well written and fleshed out. There were a lot of twists and turns where I found myself saying “Oh no, it’s definitely this person”. It wasn’t until near the end that I figured it out, and I didn’t even see it coming. It’s an intense read and I recommend it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author of the novel Bloodwalker (Thriller/Mystery from Freedom Fox Press, Oct. 2016), and upcoming novels, Coldest Night and Paris Under World. She is also the author of Soul Cutter.
Also author of short Horror stories “Biggun,” “The Mission,” and “The Inter-Galactic Gourmet” for sale on Smashwords.